May 22nd, 2013

Opera Mobile for Android has always been one of the more interesting web browsers, and that experience is getting even more interesting in the latest update. The mobile browser has been revamped with a new Holo-based user interface that looks and feels absolutely beautiful, and there are a few new features that might win users’ hearts over other web browsers.

Speed Dial is back, of course, giving users quick and easy access to their favorite and most visited websites. Alongside that, a new Discover section will feed you a list of top news stories and articles from a ton of different categories, including technology, business, sports, travel, lifestyle, health, entertainment, world news and more. You can jump between topics anytime you want, and you can customize which topics show up in the default view using the settings button.

Opera renamed its turbo feature in this version, as well. Now called “off-road,” it’s the same data-saving experience we’ve come to know and love. Users can enable off-road mode to have webpages and images compressed by a remote server before being delivered to the users’ device. This can speed up web browsing a bit and save on bandwidth, with that last one being especially important for those on limited data plans.

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Finally, Opera  now includes a new unified address bar that will let you search and enter URLs in the same place. You can even use a drop down while entering search terms to switch between engines like Google, Amazon, IMDb and more. It’s always fun to check out new web browsers, so unless Google Chrome, Firefox, or any other web browser out there is holding you hostage at gun point you should at least give the new version of Opera a shot in the Google Play Store for free.